Saturday, July 27, 2019
Coral Adoption Program in Maldivian Resorts
We have been hearing several people talking about the issues of plastic in the oceans and how coral reefs are dying at a substantial rate every passing year. Maldives has now made it a huge priority to find ways for their staff teams and guests to contribute to protect marine life.
Last month, ST.Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort launched a program called ‘Adopt a Coral’. Through this, everyone can help in repopulating the beautiful coral reefs surrounding Dhaalu Atoll.
The visitors could spend some time from their holiday with a local marine biologist to harvest one of the fastest growing branching corals. They could also attach to an underwater rope frame. Then, they could track the growth of the coral with quarterly updates and about 2 years, once the coral is mature enough, they could easily transplanted somewhere on the reef.
In the past couple of years, the world’s ocean reefs saw a devastating event in history during which a lot of coral bleaching occurred. In this even, around 80% of the corals were completely bleached because of the substantial increase in water temperature.
‘Adopt A Coral’ program strives to preserve the fantastic but delicate Maldivian ecology. It is predicted that other resorts would also implement a similar program to play their part in trying to restore the marine life.